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Tuesday, August 30, 2005South Louisiana - things that are not been reported fully by the news
On Sunday while watching the weather channel a man from Grand Isle refused to evacuate. He said among other things, when its time to die, you will die, so I'm not leaving. This morning I heard that five people remained in Grand Isle in spite of the evacuation order and the authorities don't know the status of these individuals because the road leading to Grand Isle is under 20 feet of water. If Grand Isle is under 20 feet of water, the place where my family lives is also under water. I've been looking for information on this region since most of the news coverage’s is focusing on New Orleans because I had a feeling the devastation on the bayou is far worst than anything they are showing in New Orleans.
One thing to note, if Grand Isle is underneath water, this will definitely have an impact upon oil production and we will be feeling the effects with higher gasoline prices. It would be nice if Bush allowed the tapping of the oil reserves to help alleviate some of the costs that will be passed to the American public. Or maybe he could take Chavez up on his offer to help needy Americans with cheap supplies of gasoline.
Although most of the reports coming out of New Orleans say that hurricane Katrina spared it of its full fury, the truth of the matter is that New Orleans is still in serious trouble since according to the Mayor 80% of the city has flooded. From what I understand about New Orleans and flooding, the water probably will have to be pumped out of the city since it is below sea level.
Another thing to note is that this region is built upon a swamp so the inhabitants although they may have been spared the full fury of Katrina they still have to contend with poisonous water snakes, alligators, mosquitoes, etc, once they return to their homes whenever that may be because these things have been displaced by the flooding.